The Moon Goddess Ix Chel

Ix-Chel, pronounced “ee shell, some,” was the primary Maya Moon Goddess. Her name has many interpretations; “Goddess of Iridescent Light,” “Rainbow Lady,” “Goddess Pale Face,” alluding to the pale face of the full moon.

The Moon goddess is associated with water, where the light shimmers like waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and rainbows.

The ancient Maya believed that the Moon Goddess, Ix Chel, wandered across the sky at night, and during the day, she lived in the “cenotes,” natural sinkholes filled with water.